Employment Statistics

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2006-2009

JD and JD-MBA Class of 2011

Employment Status| School Funded | Employment Type | Judicial Clerkships | Employment by Geography
Salary Information | Known Salaries of Employed | Salary by Selected Job Sectors
Bar Passage Rate | Source of Job by Employer Type | Timing of Job Offer | Reported Jobs by Region

View Northwestern Law's ABA Employment Summary for 2011.

Employment Report at 9 Months After Graduation

Employment Status
Number
Full-Time
Part-Time
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Long-Term1
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Employed (Total)
266
92.7%
247
2
9
8
     Bar Passage Reqd
235
81.9%
221
1
8
5
     JD Advantage
27
9.4%
22
1
1
3
     Professional
3
1.0%
3
0
0
0
     Non-Professional
1
0.3%
1
0
0
0
     Job Type Unknown
0
0.0%
0
0
0
0
Pursuing Grad. Deg. FT
5
1.7%
 
Unemployed (Total)
13
4.5%
     Not Seeking Job
2
0.7%
     Seeking Job
11
3.8%
Status Unknown
3
1.0%
Total Graduates
287
100%
1 A "long-term" position is one that either has no definite term or a term of one year or more. A "short-term" position is one that has a definite term of less than one year.
Law School/University Funded Positions
Number
Full-Time
Part-Time
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Long-Term
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Of Employed - Law School/University
11
3.8%
0
0
6
5
Employment Type
Number
Reported
Full-Time
Part-Time
Long-Term
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Law Firms
186
182
1
2
1
     Solo
2
2
0
0
0
     2 - 10
8
6
0
2
0
     11 - 25
5
4
1
0
0
     26 - 50
5
5
0
0
0
     51 - 100
12
11
0
0
1
     101 - 250
15
15
0
0
0
     251 - 500
22
22
0
0
0
     501+
116
116
0
0
0
     Size Unknown
1
1
0
0
0
Business & Industry
29
25
1
1
2
Government
10
7
0
2
1
Public Interest (incl. Public Defender)
11
5
0
3
3
Judicial Clerkships
     Federal
23
23
0
0
0
     State & Local
3
3
0
0
0
Academia
4
2
0
1
1
Employer Type Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Total Employed
266
247
2
9
8
Judicial Clerkships, 2010 - 2011 Hiring Season (30 Students, 23 Alumni)
Number
U.S. Supreme Court
1
Circuit Court of Appeals
21
Federal District Court
25
State Trial Court and Appellate Court
4
State Supreme Court
1
Bankruptcy Court & Article 1 Federal Court
1
International
0
Salary Information
Number
Percent
Number and Percent of Employed Reporting Salaries
231/266
87%
Number and Percent of Total Class Reporting Salaries
231/287
80%
Known Salaries of Employed
Number
Percent of Reporting Salaries (231)
Percent of Employed (266)
Percent of Class (287)
Less than $40,000
17
7%
6%
6%
$40,000 - $59,999
9
4%
3%
3%
$60,000 - $79,999
29
13%
11%
10%
$80,000 - $99,999
5
2%
2%
2%
$100,000 - $119,999
13
6%
5%
5%
$120,000 - $139,999
13
6%
5%
5%
$140,000 - $159,999
19
8%
7%
7%
$160,000+
126
55%
47%
44%
Employed and Not Reporting
35
NA
13%
12%
Salary by Selected Job Sectors1
25th
Percentile
Median
Salary
75th
Percentile
# Reporting
Salary
# Employed in Category (Percent Reporting)
Law Firm
$145,000
$160,000
$160,000
170
182 (93%)
     Solo
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
0
2 (0%)
     2-10
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
3
6 (50%)
     11-25
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
4
4 (100%)
     26-50
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
3
5 (60%)
     51-100
$92,500
$105,000
$142,500
11
11 (100%)
     101-250
$117,500
$152,500
$160,000
14
15 (93%)
     251-500
$145,000
$160,000
$160,000
21
22 (95%)
     501+
$160,000
$160,000
$160,000
114
116 (98%)
     Unknown size
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
0
1 (0%)
Judicial Clerkship
$60,000
$60,000
$60,000
26
26 (100%)
Business/Industry
$103,750
$122,500
$134,750
14
25 (52%)
Public Interest/Government
$50,000
$57,500
$63,000
10
12 (83%)
1 Based upon salaries of full-time, long-term employed graduates.
Bar Passage Rate
Percent
Bar passage
94%
Source of Job by Employer Type
Academic
Business
Judicial
Clerkship
Law Firms of
50 or Fewer
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Fall OCI
0
0
3
10.3
1
3.8
1
4.5
Job Listing
1
25.0
2
6.9
1
3.8
1
4.5
Pre-Law School Employer
1
25.0
4
13.8
0
0
0
0
Letter/Self-Initiated
1
25.0
4
13.8
22
84.6
12
54.5
Temp Agency or Legal Search
0
0
1
3.4
0
0
0
0
All Other
1
25.0
15
51.7
2
7.7
8
36.4
Total
4
100.0
29
100.0
26
100.0
22
100
Source of Job by Employer Type
Law Firms of
51 or More
Government
Public
Interest
All Employer
Types1
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Fall OCI
135
82.8
0
0
0
0
140
52.8
Job Listing
3
1.8
3
30.0
0
0
11
4.2
Pre-Law School Employer
1
0.6
0
0
0
0
6
2.3
Letter/Self-Initiated
14
8.6
3
30.0
1
9.1
57
21.5
Temp Agency or Legal Search
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0.4
All Other
10
6.1
4
40.0
10
90.9
50
18.9
Total
163
100.0
10
100.0
11
100.0
265
100.0
1 Excludes jobs for which a source, employer type, or firm size was not reported.
Timing of Job Offer
Number
% of Reported
After Bar Results
27
10.2
Before Graduation
215
81.4
Before Bar Results
22
8.3
Total
264
100.0
Reported Jobs
Region

State

# of Jobs

% of Jobs
New England
Massachusetts
9
3.4
 
Vermont
1
0.4
 
10
3.8
Mid Atlantic
New Jersey
1
0.4
 
New York
47
17.7
 
Pennsylvania
2
0.8
 
50
18.9
E. North Central
Illinois
111
41.9
 
Indiana
1
0.4
 
Michigan
4
1.5
 
Wisconsin
3
1.1
 
119
44.9
W. North Central
Minnesota
1
0.4
 
South Dakota
1
0.4
 
2
0.8
South Atlantic
Washington, DC
13
4.9
 
Florida
5
1.9
 
Georgia
2
0.8
 
Maryland
3
1.1
 
North Carolina
1
0.4
 
Virginia
1
0.4
 
25
9.4
E. South Central
Tennessee
1
0.4
 
1
0.4
W. South Central
Arkansas
1
0.4
 
Louisiana
1
0.4
 
Texas
7
2.6
 
9
3.4
Mountain
Arizona
1
0.4
 
Colorado
2
0.8
 
Montana
1
0.4
 
Nevada
1
0.4
 
5
1.9
Pacific
California
29
10.9
 
Oregon
1
0.4
 
Washington
6
2.3
 
36
13.6
Non US Locations
Non US Locations
8
3.0
 
8
3.0
Total
265
100